MBA in Cultural Heritage Leadership
The MBA in Cultural Heritage Leadership has been specifically designed to enhance the skills and knowledge you need to build or boost your career in the management of heritage organisations. It delivers a challenging and unique occupational education that emphasises reflective and innovative leadership and business decision-making.
LocationRoyal Agricultural University Campus
DurationCourse duration 1 year (full time) or 2+ years (part time) (Full time / Part time)
Academic Year30 September 2019 - 5 June 2020. For February entry the academic year starts in February 2020.
* Subject to validation
Industry partners from across the cultural heritage sector have been closely involved in the development of the programme. It has been carefully tailored to meet skills gaps and respond to changes in industry trends.
Our programme combines the study of conventional MBA building blocks - growing participant’s knowledge and understanding of a broad base of entrepreneurial, managerial, human resource, legal and financial skills – with the exploration of specific issues facing heritage at the local, national and global scale. An important focus is the development of new strategies for a changing world - advancing a sustainable heritage which balances the needs of communities and their cultural inheritance with the need to encourage investment and enhance economic growth.
At each stage skills are deepened and reinforced by working closely with industry, engaging with real-world problems, hearing from guest speakers and receiving mentoring from relevant experts working in the field. The programme will also provide valuable opportunities to boost your professional network.
We aim for our graduates to develop the critical academic and business discipline skills which will enable them to analyse and lead complex organisations in a rapidly changing and increasingly international cultural heritage sector.
An honours degree in archaeology, history, heritage or other related area at 2.1 or higher together with a track record of two or more years of employment in the heritage sector or other relevant area of business.
Entry may also be granted for those with extensive work experience.
Initially based at the historic university campus in Cirencester, from [September] 2020 this course will be based at the state of the art Cultural Heritage Centre in Swindon.
The programme is delivered through a blend of intensive residential courses and on-line learning. The two intensive residential courses are held at RAU Cirencester. Classroom activity is accompanied by case-study visits to our partners and local world heritage sites while evening activities provide an opportunity to network and meet your classmates.
The on-line learning picks up where the residential courses leave off and is designed to give you access to engaging multimedia content, online group work, seminars, individual tutorials and mentoring.
With part-time and full-time options, it is highly flexible so you can live at home and study in evenings and weekends alongside your work.
Who is the course for?
- Those employed in the heritage sector and wishing to acquire the business and management skills necessary for advancement to senior management and leadership of heritage organisations
- People employed outside the heritage sector, and with prior relevant business and management experience, seeking to transition to a career in senior management within the heritage sector
- Those in senior management positions within the heritage sector seeking professional development and upskilling to address the pace of change within the sector and more broadly within management systems.
With two entry points per year the course can be studied full time over one year or part-time over several years.
The programme has eight modules which cover the core of business management and its application to the cultural heritage sector. A further module introduces the advanced research and analysis skills used in the final project. The project gives you the opportunity to choose a conventional research based dissertation, an internship within a heritage organisation, a consultancy project or an assignment based on a topic of specific interest.
There will be plenty of academic support with face-to-face live lectures and residentials, where you’ll discuss, challenge and create.
Coaching will be available to all MBA students. This provides a unique opportunity for participants' personal and professional growth. To support development, enable reflection, and to evaluate application of coaching insights to organisational life, each participant will have a 'coaching credit' system comprising coaching hours to be used by the participant according to context and need. Coaching sessions will be face to face, by email, telephone or Skype or similar messaging platform.
In addition, all students will be invited to participate in optional activities to help them consolidate and apply their learning. These include the weekly CHI Seminar Series (with guest speakers drawn from across the heritage sector – these will also be available live on-line and as a recording) and the CHI Conference Series (two international conferences a year – one with a heritage management focus, the other with a culture history focus – again with both live-feeds and recordings). MBA students will also be welcome to participate – either in person or via on-line recordings - in a range of workshops and guided site visits led by Institute staff and visiting fellows.
- Developing your leadership and people skills
- Making sense of a changing world
- Improving your decision-making with data and technology
- Developing sustainable business strategies and corporate social responsibility
- Improving your financial decision making skills
- Building your marketing and audience development skills
- Facing up to challenging environments: Economics, society, politics and policy
- Driving change in heritage organisations: Entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation
- Research skills
- Either Dissertation or Applied Project
* Subject to validation
** Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges
*** More information to follow
The programme is undertaken in partnership with Wessex Archaeology
Wessex Archaeology have been closely involved in the design of the programme and several of their staff are CHI Professional Fellows.
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing module fees, re-sit fees or dissertation extensions).
For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£12,250 per year||£15,300 per year|
|Part-time||Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage||Please refer to Tuition Fees webpage|
**Please note: International students can study on a part-time basis only if they are in the UK with a different type of visa (other than Tier 4 Child/General) that allows them to undertake part-time study and their visa does not expire prior to the end date of the proposed course of study.
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Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
Residential blocks full-board costs 2019/20**
|Full-time student, full-board basis||£900*|
|Part-time student, full-board basis||£450*|
*Costs are subject to an increase in 2020/21.
**For part-time study residential block fees are quoted per year.
The University offers a range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
Career prospects include senior management roles in:
- Commercial Heritage and Environmental Consultancy
- Governmental Heritage Bodies
- Charitable Heritage Organisations
- Heritage Sites, Museums and Galleries
- Heritage Tourism
- Management Consultancy
- Development and Regeneration
- Other commercial management
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